How we communicate
December 12, 2008 11:43am CST
Now that almost everyone on the planet has there own personal cell phone the coin operated payphones are becoming extinct like the dinosaurs. If you need a payphone chances are you won't find one. Where there used to be payphones on every corner and in every restaurant they are becoming scarce. There has been a trend lately of people deciding to use their cell phone exclusively for all their calling needs and are having their land lines disconnected. I'm sure this has to do with the high cost of phone service and long distance fees. I wonder if the big phone companies are worried that they are losing customers. Do you think they will take steps to try to convince us to keep our land lines? Maybe they could restructure what they are charging. I think it will be hard for them to cut back on their prices though, because they have gotten used to having that much profit. That's just my opinion, your thoughts are as valuable as mine.
12 Dec 08
Land lines are loosing out on the fast and more advanced cell phones. But the only thing is we still need the land lines for the purpose of internet connection. Infact when i have this new connection in this new place the provider has good incentive thrown in like it has free usage of the line when we call another land line as long as our internet fees is paid every month. So we can call anywhere within the country free of charge but a small charge when we call to cell phone. I think with this kind of incentive people are coming back to have the usage of land lines and they have to if they want to have internet connection.
• United States
14 Dec 08
That is the main reason that I have not totally given up on land lines yet, however a lot of people are turning to the cable companies and satellite providers for their internet connections. I think eventually the phone companies will find that others can and will provide the services they traditionally held a monopoly on for a better price than than they can provide it for.